Instagram influencer Josi Maria dies at 24 after public battle with anorexia

GERMANY – Instagram influencer, Josi Maria, known for documenting her life struggles with anorexia on social media, has passed away aged 24.

Maria, from Kiel in northern Germany, gained more than 135,000 followers after opening up about her eating disorder and shared images of her day-to-day life.

Maria often shared posts warning others about anorexia and encouraging them to open up about their own struggles.

German Instagram influencer Josi Maria dies at 24 after public battle with anorexia

Just days before her death, she told her Instagram fans she didn’t want to be someone who dies of anorexia.

According to reports, she recently flew to Gran Canaria for a holiday, but her mother has now announced she passed away shortly after the flight to Canaria.

Maria was said to be travelling with her friend Vanja Resova after the pair struck up a friendship last year over the internet.

According to German newspaper Bild, Resova said the two friends booked a one-way ticket to Gran Canaria during lockdown.

The magazine also said Maria had two coffees ahead of the flight but ‘hadn’t eaten for two days’.

According to her mum, Maria is said to have died of heart failure after suffering circulatory problems and poor health as a result of her anorexia.

Her mother commented on her last Instagram post, dated three weeks ago, explaining Maria fell asleep in her friend’s arms while on holiday and never woke up.

German Instagram influencer Josi Maria dies at 24 after public battle with anorexia

She wrote:

The day before I held you dear Josi in my arms, we went shopping and you are looking forward to Christmas and your vacation. The following night you fell asleep peacefully in your girlfriend’s arms on Gran Canaria. Your little heart just stopped beating.

German Instagram influencer Josi Maria dies at 24 after public battle with anorexia

Maria’s mother described her as ‘an angel on Earth’, adding: ‘For your fight against this serious illness we admired you to the last and still had to watch helplessly as you lost this fight.’

Recalling her final moments, her friend, Resova said:

Josi asked if I could give her a brief hug and lie down with her for a moment. I then did that in the hope that she would eat something. I fell asleep shortly after her.

When I woke up shortly after midnight, I noticed that she was no longer breathing. I tried to wake her up. When it didn’t work out, I went down to reception to get help.

Resova shared a tribute to Maria on Instagram, writing (translated):

She has motivated many of you every day to see the positive in everything and to stay strong.

As God wanted, she is now upstairs with the angels and looks down at us. It leaves a great void.

Your message that we should never forget: “It is important that you stand by yourself and say yes I need help.” Accepting help is a sign of strength.

May her soul rest in peace



by Linda Ikeji at 21/12/2020 11:10 AM
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Anonymous about 3 hours ago

Hmmm some disorder dey o. God please help your children. Rest well.

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Akuoma Akuego about 3 hours ago

Many models are on this table.

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Dan Ohio about 3 hours ago

anorexia — is an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of weight. People with anorexia place a high value on controlling their weight and shape, using extreme efforts that tend to significantly interfere with their lives…….

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eben mosi about 2 hours ago

I feel she kill herself niii with this definition

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Anonymous about 3 hours ago

Until I met someone with this condition, I thought this was just a condition vain people adopt to be as skinny as possible. I had this beautiful colleague that also passed from anorexia. It’s a horrible mental condition. Even when dying of lack of nutrition, she would not eat. She could only see herself as fat when she actually weighed less than a 5 year old child. She had to be hospitalised many times to be force fed via tubes. Eventually she still died at 35 after 20 years of anorexia

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Razaq Haruna about 2 hours ago

May her soul rest in peace

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Bree about 2 hours ago

Nawa ooooo….everything has consequences…if u eat too much na Obesity…if u didnt eat na Anorexia

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Ugo Max about 1 hour ago

May her soul rest in 0peace..

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Amsickindahead about 1 hour ago

She killed herself, coz dat was hw it was meant to be

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